Supreme Court: Dakota County can retry Eagan man in 2009 stabbing

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled this week that Dakota County can retry an Eagan man suspected in an April 2009 stabbing.

Taylor J. Pass, 21, was acquitted in the stabbing death of 35-year-old Burnsville resident Tina Nicole San Roman, but the jury deadlocked on charges he stabbed her roommate.

A district court judge ruled at the time that evidence in San Roman’s case couldn’t be used in a new trial involving the roommate’s stabbing.

The state appeals court upheld the lower court’s ruling, but the Supreme Court reversed it on June 24.

Prosecutors say Pass, then 19, fatally stabbed San Roman during a struggle in the garage of her townhouse on the 1600 block of Riverwoods Drive. Her roommate, Odia Al-Refo, walked in on the alleged attack and Pass stabbed him, but Al-Refo survived.

Pass initially faced second-degree murder charges in San Roman’s death and second-degree assault and second-degree attempted murder charges in Al-Refo’s stabbing.